Summary: This is the best switch anywhere near this price range. I would consider buying a better one for more money if I found one.
Pros: It switches well and reliably. It is configurable. I use it for a MacMini and a Windows 7 PC. The keyboard and mouse emulation is really nice. It keeps the computers from thinking that the peripheriald were removed. Very nice. The price is good, too.
Cons: The audio has static noise. It is fairly quiet, but I notice it. I have nice headphones, nice speakers, and good ears. So, I may notice it more than most people. However, you will hear it when the speaker volume is high. When the mouse moves, the noise is louder and includes beeps, similar to the beeps heard from a dialup connection. This distracts me and gives me a headache. So, I plug my speakers into the switch and plug my headphones directly into my PC or Mac (whi...
Excerpt: This purchase replaced an identical unit that started malfunctioning after 5 years. The fact that I chose the same one indicates my satisfaction. One reason I like it is that it works perfectly with Windows8. There's essentially no setup. Connect all the pieces, then turn on each computer. It's that simple. And at the price it's hard to beat.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Fast, Reliable, Works With Win8
Summary: Would recommend buying ONLY if you need a cheap solution. Otherwise, spring another $10 and get a better one
Pros: works for what you need it to do
Cons: NO DEDICATED BUTTON (suppose I should have read the specs better) The problems come when you want to actually customize how the KVM switches over to the other computer. It's defaulted to the "num lock" key being tapped twice. You can change it to be the "left ctrl" key being tapped twice. This could be really annoying since I've accidentally swapped computers multiple times while playing FPS games until I got used to it.
Summary: If it also had a toggle button built into the switch, I'd buy more of these for other setups. As it is, you must have a keyboard hooked up to swap PCs.
Pros: Works with Windows 7! There should be a way to search Newegg for KVMs that support EDID information sharing, because this is one of only a few I've found that supports it. If you've had your screen disconnect or change resolution when switching back and forth with some other KVM, it doesn't support EDID like this one does. No more redetecting or readjusting the screen with this KVM!
Cons: If you're hooking your speakers or headphones up to this KVM, be sure to plug in both audio input cables. Otherwise, if you switch to an input that doesn't have the audio hooked up, your speakers will play a faint white noise. I was using this on a tech bench and wasn't always bothering to plugin the audio cables for PCs that where being worked on. After wondering why the speakers would sometimes make a hissing noise, I realized it was only when switched to a PC that ...
Summary: Doesn't seem to recognize non standard keys. My keyboard has a dedicated calculator, email, web, and My Computer but none of them work. The same keyboard works fine at home. It's a Ducky keyboard, so no driver is provided, so a Microsoft or Logitech will probably work fine, but do take that into account if you have special keys. Also, I don't use the video part, so I can't comment on that.
Pros: Needed a keyboard/mouse switch for two computers. Works easy. Double tap the scroll lock and it's switched. Very reliable so far.
Cons: Mouse and keyboard port emblems looks like braille. I didn't even see it when I first hooked it up. It won't work properly if you don't which I found out the hard way.
Summary: I've owned about 8 of these over the last 10 years, starting with their PS2 version and about 4 of these USB versions. They are fantastic for the price, but you should be aware that they wear out in a year or two, so plan on replacing them regularly.
Pros: Easy to Install. Easy to Use. Does exactly what I need.
Cons: Drops keystrokes sometimes. After about a year or two of continuous use, one of the ports will inevitably die. Usually the mouse, but often the keyboard. It starts with the occasional oddity, like the scroll wheel being locked to "on, scrolling up" sometimes on switching. Windows eventually starts giving an "Unrecognized device" error, and you have to fiddle with it (unplug and replug device or reboot machine) to get it to start working again. After a while of that, t...
Summary: I'm not sure, but i suspect that the switch slows down the refresh rate of the monitor, this difference is noticable when directly compared to a secondary monitor hooked up to a DVI port. Note: this may just be an inherent difference in VGA vs DVI hardware...
Pros: Helps run a server and desktop on a single monitor. Compresses my work station such that I only need one keyboard and one mouse to operate both of my computers. Its inexpensive compared to other KVM tech.